Nowosielski, Kantor, Fangor, Dwurnik and more, available to buy online until 14 November!
We admit that, the “by appointment only” contemporary art galleries and exhibition openings by VIP invitations, full of arty people sipping red wine, can be intimidating for first-time buyers. Often, the best way to get familiar with art and make a first purchase is to do research online. Alan Bamberger, in his book “The Art of Buying Art: How to evaluate and buy art like a professional collector”, advises to “define, select, research and buy” which means: define what you like, select the best practitioners, research the current market and make a purchase. Bamberger also stresses that all the ‘work’ to be done ahead of the purchase should be pleasure, adventure, mystery, detective work and discovery.
Strefa Kolekcjonera (Collector’s Zone) is a new place on the Polish art map, offering online art auctions. It stands out thanks to its process of selection – all the offered objects come from established Polish galleries and auction houses, making collecting easier and safer for first-timers. Until 14 November, on Allegro’s website, we can bid superb works of art by the finest Polish masters such as Wojciech Fangor, Edward Dwurnik, Jerzy Nowosielski, Tadeusz Kantor and Mitoraj. This month Allegro’s Collector’s Zone also became the main patron of Affordable Art Fair in Warsaw (Targi Sztuki Dostępnej). The fair is organised for the second time and will take place on 16-17 November at the “BABKA do wynajęcia” (ul. Młocińskiej 5/7, Warsaw).
Affordable art fairs are gaining popularity around the world as they are the perfect place to buy original but affordable art work, especially if you have little or no experience in buying art. Last year, the fair in Warsaw was visited by 3,500 people and information about the fair reach 4,9 million recipients (According to the Institute of Media Monitoring Report). Such fairs deliver a diverse collection of artists, styles and galleries, all under one roof, so it is easier to find your perfect piece.
To make a start buying art, follow these three steps:
- Immerse yourself in the art world, i.e via affordable art fairs.
- Enjoy the experience, and
- Buy what you love!
Meanwhile, see our 5 discoveries on Collector’s Zone (Strefa Kolekcjonera):
Jerzy Nowosielski, “Akt z lusterkiem” (Nude with Mirror), litography, 51 x 75cm, signed, ed. 21/50, 1997.
The Graphics entitled “Nude with mirrors” (ed. 21/50) from 1997 made in the technique of colorful serigraphy on the highest quality paper. Signed by the author in pencil in the lower right corner – Jerzy Nowosielski 1997. The graphics are available with the certificate of authenticity by the Foksal 17 Art Gallery.
by Galeria Foksal 17.
Wojciech FANGOR (1922-2015), ‘On the Baltic Sea’ (‘Na Bałtyku’), marker on paper, 56,5 x 86 cm, 1950 r.
This is the authentic painting of the most recognisable Polish contemporary artist – Wojciech Fangor, and it presents the Baltic Sea landscape. In the horizontal composition, the artist showed a fragment of the rocky terraced shore of the Baltic Sea. Probably, it is a depiction of the Mierzeja Kurońska (Curonian Spit) on the border between Russia and Lithuania. In 1950, Wojciech Fangor created a whole series of coastal landscapes of the Baltic Sea, which, like the work here presented, are characterised by a strong contour, multi-layered and dynamic line.
Technique: Marker on paper. Work signed and dated in the lower right corner: “Fangor 50” (original, author’s signature). On the reverse the author’s description: “On the Baltic Sea”.
By Koneser Kraków
Edward Dwurnik, ‘Pink Tulips’ (Różowe Tulipany), acrylic and oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2018
Dwurnik (1943 – 2018) was the outstanding Polish painter and graphic artist, one of the most recognisable personalities of Polish contemporary art. The interesting fact about the painting “Pink Tulips, is that the picture features the original mole from Dwurnik’s wardrobe. Exactly on the 5th tulip in the 3rd row.
By ToTuArt Gallery
Alfons KARPIŃSKI (1875–1961) ‘Poppies in a vase’(‘Maki w wazonie’), 34 x 50 cm, signed, framed, dated; late 1930s.
This classical still life with flowers in a majolica vase was painted by one of the most recognizable artists from Kraków in the interwar period. Particularly, poppies were a genre that has repeatedly returned in the artist’s work.
Tadeusz KANTOR, ‘Rhino Costume no. IV ‘ (‘Kostium IV z Nosorożca’), 29 x 20 cm, framed, marker on paper, signed.
This is an authentic work by one of the absolute classics of Polish contemporary art – Tadeusz Kantor (1915 – 1990). The drawing presents a costume design for a theatrical performance. In a vertical composition, the artist showed a hanging structure consisting of a red, simple frame and a suit -like piece of material suspended on it. The design was made and served as a costume for the show “Rhino” (1961). The performance was based on the text by Eugène Ionesco, who is consider as the co-creator of the so-called theater of absurdity.
The costume designs for the “Rhino”, created by Tadeusz Kantor, were a manifestation of his experiment with Tachism style (the French style of abstract painting popular in 1940 and 1950).
Technique: marker on paper. Described by the author inside the composition in German language and at the top: “IV Kostüm | Jonesco | ‘Nashörner'”.
by Koneser Kraków
The current auction runs until 14 November. Visit the website: Strefa Kolekcjonera
The main patron of the Targi Sztuki Dostępnej is Allegro. Enjoy their specially designed – chillout zone during the fair. The event is taking place at the “BABKA do wynajęcia”, ul. Młocińskiej 5/7 in Warsaw.